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    Why we are not supposed to use about after discussed?

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    Re: discuss about

    Quote Originally Posted by srinuraju View Post
    Why are we supposed not to use about after discuss?
    Because "discuss" doesn't take preposition. Probably you use a preposition in your language after "discuss" and when you want to translate that phrase / sentence into English, you expect a preposition to appear. No, it doesn't take preposition as:
    We had discussed everything before the manager arrived.
    But we say discuss something with somebody.
    I discussed that matter with my close friend.

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    Re: discuss about

    Quote Originally Posted by srinuraju View Post
    Why we are not supposed to use about after discussed?
    The reason is that "discussed" means "to talk about". If you added "about" after it, you would effectively have:

    We are going to talk about about it.

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    Re: discuss about

    Quote Originally Posted by English Freak View Post
    Because "discuss" doesn't take a preposition. Probably you use a preposition in your language after "discuss" and when you want to translate that phrase / sentence into English, you expect a preposition to appear. No, it doesn't take a preposition, as:
    "We had discussed everything before the manager arrived."
    But we say "discuss something with somebody".
    "I discussed that matter with my close friend."
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    Last edited by 5jj; 12-Dec-2011 at 13:18. Reason: typo

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    Re: discuss about

    I didn't know the fact that we have to put examples in quotation marks.
    Many thanks.

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    Re: discuss about

    Quote Originally Posted by English Freak View Post
    I didn't know the fact that we have to put examples in quotation marks.
    We don't necessarily have to put them in quotation marks - we could italicise them. What we do need to do is make them stand out in some way from the rest of out message.

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    Re: discuss about

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    We don't necessarily have to put them in quotation marks - we could italicise them. What we do need to do is make them stand out in some way from the rest of out message? .
    But I think those visiting such websites can distinguish between examples and the rest of the message.

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    Re: discuss about

    Quote Originally Posted by English Freak View Post
    But I think those visiting such websites can distinguish between examples and the rest of the message.
    We try to set a good example in this forum.

    Ooops - sorry about my out/our typo .

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    Re: discuss about

    Quote Originally Posted by English Freak View Post
    But I think those visiting such websites can distinguish between examples and the rest of the message.
    Remember that a lot of the learners have a basic level and it may be their first time using a forum like this.

    If I were a new visitor and I read, for example ...

    I don't know how to use these because it looks a lot like this and I also have a problem knowing when to use them

    ... I would have trouble knowing what it meant. Equally, if a learner posted that, the native speakers and teachers would have a problem knowing exactly what the question is. It's much easier for everyone if it reads:

    I don't know how to use "these" because it sounds a lot like "this", and I also have a problem knowing when to use "them".

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